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"There's a new book out about Afghanistan written by a decorated Vietnam War Marine veteran. It should be must reading for President Obama--and for you."
"This smart analysis of political fantasy and failure is not the heart of [The Wrong War]. As always, West's greatest strengths are his exceptional personal courage and his experienced perception of combat. He anchors a narrative of failed policy in a set of battlefield stories that explains events with unusual clarity... West argues for Afghans to assume the lead in securing Afghanistan. The time has surely come to take that suggestion - and the book in which it appears - seriously."
Los Angeles Times Review [latimes.com] 3/3/2011
"A former Marine gives an unsparing account of the war on the ground and why it won't succeed." by Tony Perry
"As the title of Bing West's new books suggests, The Wrong War...., argues that the U.S. military has been harnessed to a strategy that is bound to fail in what has become this country's longest war."
New York Times Book Review 02/27/2011
"The Next Impasse" by Dexter Filkins
"In his remarkable book, "The Wrong War", Bing West [...presents] a crushing and seemingly irrefutable critique of the American plan in Afghanistan. It should be read by anyone who wants to understand why the war there is so hard."
"The strength of West’s book is the legwork he’s done. Most accounts of America’s wars, particularly those by former military officers, are written in the comfort of an office in the United States. Not so here. At age 70, West, the author of several books on America’s wars, went to Afghanistan and into the bases and out on patrols with the grunts, waded through the canals, ran through firefights and humped up the mountains. Embedding with American troops in God-forsaken places like Kunar and Helmand Provinces is hard business. What drives this man? West is worth a book in himself. "
Marine Corps Gazette March 2011
"An Exit Strategy for Afghanistan" Review of The Wrong War by Col. T.X. Hammes
"Bing provides context over time that pointedly illustrates both the grit of our forces and
the failure of the current approach.
West is at his strongest in describing the action at the platoon level. His willingness
to go to the very tip of the spear, combined with the experience to truly understand and interpret what he is seeing, brings both immediacy and empathy to his narration. For those Marines bound for Afghanistan, it provides a wealth of tactical scenarios that will enhance their training."
Wall Street Journal 2/19/2011
"In Afghanistan with our Warrior Elite" by Andrew Exum
"Bing West's "The Wrong War..." is one of the best books yet written on the war in Afghanistan."
"The Wrong War" is filled with both vivid descriptions of the Afghan fighting and sound advice concerning how counterinsurgencies should be waged."
The Washington Times 02/21/2011
"Prescriptions from the front" by Gary Anderson
"Bing West is on his way to becoming the Thucydides of the global War on Terror"
"The primary strength of the book is in Mr. West's willingness to live with Marines and soldiers on the front lines, enduring their hardships and observing their valor, determination and humor close-up."